Happy Birthday, Woody!Thrush will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2006 with a variety of consumer activities targeted at vehicle owners of all ages. Thrush gained prominence in the late 1960s thanks to the deep, throaty sound of its canister-shaped glasspack mufflers, which enthusiasts by the thousands mounted beneath their hot rods and musclecars.
The Thrush product line includes the smooth-flowing Thrush Glasspack muffler, featuring a straight-through perforated tube for minimal turbulence, continuous roving fiberglass for that classic Thrush sound, and a durable heavy-gauge steel shell. The Thrush Glasspack muffler is available in a wide range of sizes and configurations, including single- and dual-outlet designs, header mufflers, and header units with turn-down. For more information about Thrush mufflers and accessories, contact your nearest performance exhaust dealer or call (734) 384-7806.
Neat MeterThe new FAST Air/Fuel Meter helps tune your engine for maximum horsepower and torque thanks to dual-sensor technology that measures your engine's air/fuel ratio with precision accuracy. The FAST Air/Fuel Meter uses a sensor in both of your engine's exhaust outlets (not just one sensor like competitive air/fuel meters) to get the full story on the state of your engine's tune. With the FAST Air/Fuel Meter, you can read both exhaust sensors individually, or average them together for super-accurate readings of the engine's true air/fuel ratio. For engine tuners on a budget, a single-sensor version is available that can later be upgraded to the dual-sensor technology.
Easy to use, the FAST Air/Fuel Meter includes a simple built-in data logger that doesn't require you to download to a laptop. It simply plays back your information on the unit's display screen in real time. Advanced features include outputs for external data loggers and digital gauges, as well as a narrowband simulator function that allows you to feed your engine's computer a factory signal while using the wideband sensor for air/fuel measurement. With double the sensors and double the performance, the FAST Air/Fuel Meter is the best choice for the serious engine tuner. For more information, contact FAST, 3400 Democrat Rd., Ste. 110, Dept. R&C, Memphis TN 38118; (901) 260-FAST (3278).
Super SocketsWhen complicated by elaborate exhaust header systems and tight inner fender clearances, removing spark plugs from an engine can seem to be an almost impossible chore. Powerhouse Products has come to the rescue with a tool that can handle even the most frustrating spark plug challenges. The uniquely designed Powerhouse spark plug sockets feature a side opening that doesn't require the usual length clearance. The Tight-Fit Spark Plug Sockets can be turned and slipped over the spark plug so you can remove it with a box or open-end wrench.
Powerhouse Products' Tight-Fit Spark Plug Sockets are fully CNC-machined from 15-5 stainless steel aircraft alloy and are properly heat-treated. The header socket internal hex, which connects to the spark plug, is electronically cut and built to provide a lifetime of use. For more information, contact Powerhouse Products, 3402 Democrat Rd., Dept. R&C, Memphis, TN 38118; (800) 872-7223.
Flaming River Industries, working in conjunction with Leonard Lopez of Dominator Motorsports, introduces the first major improvement to straight-axle suspensions in decades, The DominAtor dual-pivot straight front axle, complete with rack-and-pinion steering. Long a mainstay of street rodding, the straight-axle has been a must-have for roadsters as well as other rods, particularly Ford-based '32-40 cars and trucks. The DominAtor front axle assembly retains the straight-axle's classic look, but with dramatically improved suspension performance. The heart of The DominAtor front axle is a dual-pivot, twin-arm design mated to a power or manual true rack-and-pinion steering system. The dual-pivot, independent twin-arm design delivers dramatically improved front suspension travel while eliminating the bumpsteer inherent to straight-axle suspension.
A specifically designed manual or power rack-and-pinion assembly provides positive steering response to the driver's input. The DominAtor front axle is offered in a standard 48-inch track with a 5-inch drop and coilover shocks, is available in a narrowed (or pinched) design, wishbone or four-link suspension with manual or power steering, and uses early Ford-style spindles. It can be installed into new construction or retrofitted into existing cars or trucks. For more information, contact Flaming River Industries, 800 Poertner Dr., Dept. R&C, Berea, OH 44017; (866) 815-3669.
The latest in cylinder head technology has just arrived with the new RHS Vortec Iron Performance Cylinder Heads, which, according to RHS, deliver superior flow characteristics over all other previously available iron small-block heads. In comparison to the popular GM 906 casting, the RHS Vortec cylinder heads deliver 27 more cfm at 0.500-inch lift. Constructed from high-quality cast iron, these heads are perfect for racing classes where iron heads (standard 2.02-inch intake and 1.600-inch exhaust valve sizing) are required. Featuring dual-pattern (four- and six-bolt) intake compatibility, they work with virtually any intake manifold (including early style) rather than Vortec-style components only, which has been a limiting factor in the past.
Equipped with hardened exhaust seats, multi-angle performance inlet valve seats, and Fast Burn 64cc combustion chambers, the new RHS Vortec heads are perfect for both race and street performance applications. For more information, contact Racing Head Service, 3416 Democrat Rd., Dept. R&C, Memphis, TN 38118; (877) 776-4323.